About Patrice Rushen
Patrice Rushen is an American jazz pianist and R&B singer best known for her Grammy-nominated and often-sampled hit “Forget Me Nots.”
∙ Rushen began taking piano lessons at age three, and she was giving classical recitals by the time she was six.
∙ The R&B-oriented Pizzazz broke her into the mainstream in 1979, reaching No. 39 on the Billboard 200 and No. 11 on the Top Soul Albums chart.
∙ Her funky 1982 smash “Forget Me Nots” has been sampled by dozens of artists, including Will Smith, who used it as the basis for his hit theme from the 1997 film Men In Black.
∙ No Strings, Sheena Easton’s acclaimed 1993 collection of jazz standards, was produced and arranged by Rushen.
∙ In 2004, she became the first woman to serve as musical director of the annual Grammy Awards ceremony, a role she also fulfilled in 2005 and 2006.
∙ She has collaborated and recorded with such notable jazz musicians as Kenny Burrell, Donald Byrd, Jean-Luc Ponty, Lee Ritenour, and Sonny Rollins.
HOMETOWNLos Angeles, CA
BORNSeptember 30, 1954